Adam Isacson

Defense, security, borders, migration, and human rights in Latin America and the United States. May not reflect my employer’s consensus view.


October 2017

A not-too-distant mirror

In yesterday’s New York Times, a portrayal of Mexico’s worsening social divide between rich and poor:

For the people within those invisible walls, government is responsive and crime low. Those outside face rising murder rates, corruption and, activists say, police brutality.

Reading about this stark kind of inequality and injustice got me interested in Latin America when I was young. Now, though, I feel like I’m looking into my own country’s near future.

The day ahead: October 2, 2017

I’ll be most reachable in the last half of the afternoon. (How to contact me)

Today I’m in a weekly staff meeting and an early-afternoon meeting with a visiting reporter. Otherwise I’m organizing our upcoming Colombia conference, and doing an analysis of a border-security bill that the House Homeland Security Committee is launching Wednesday. The bill has a few good things in it, but some horrible stuff too, and by end of the day I hope to have a memo done pointing out which is which.

The week ahead

Six months ago, when my daughter won Washington DC’s spelling bee, one of her prizes was plane tickets to anywhere in the country. She chose Orlando because she’s a big Harry Potter fan. So that’s where I’ll be on Thursday and Friday of this week, taking some vacation days.

Monday through Wednesday I’ll be in the office with a long list of tasks and several can’t-miss meetings to navigate around. The work will focus on organizing our October 16 conference on Colombia peace accord implementation an upcoming report about Colombia, and a few efforts to counter Trump’s border-security proposals.

Latin America-related events in Washington this week

Monday, October 2

  • 3:00–4:30 at the U.S. Institute of Peace: Resisting War: How Communities Protect Themselves (RSVP required).

Tuesday, October 3

Wednesday, October 4

Thursday, October 5

  • 9:00 at the Atlantic Council: What if NAFTA Ended? The Imperative of a Successful Renegotiation (RSVP required).
  • 10:00–11:30 at CSIS: Rebuilding Better: Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Irma and Maria (RSVP required).
  • 12:00 at the Atlantic Council: The Growing Role of Liquefied Natural Gas in Latin America (RSVP required).
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